YMMV / Aqua Teen Hunger Force

  • Base-Breaking Character:
  • Broken Base: The post-movie seasons. Some fans didn't mind the more vulgar and violent themes of those seasons, while others felt that the show fell into Seasonal Rot because of it.
  • Crazy Awesome: Dr. Weird, with heavy emphasis on "crazy".
  • Crosses the Line Twice: There are few episodes that don't cross the line a few times.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: It has its own Page for it. Being an 11 minute show, this alone should count as one.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Subverted constantly almost every episode.
    Carl: There's something I need to say, ya know. Ever since my son was...never conceived because I never had consensual sex without money involved, I always sorta looked at you as...well, kind've a thing that I could, ya know, live next to in accordance with state law.
    Meatwad: Oh, that's sweet. You're trying to say that you love me!
    Carl: Eh eh eh, let's not get ahead of ourselves here - (puts on Super Bowl glove) WHO ARE YOU TAKIN' TO THAT FRIGGIN SUPERBOWL!
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Meatwad's solo in the Movie. Doubles as a Big Lipped Alligator Moment but damn is it awesome.
    • Also, the song "Cut You with a Linoleum Knife," also in the movie, performed by none other than Mastodon. Behold.
    "Do not crinkle your food wrappers loudly! Be considerate to others, or I will bite your torso and give you a disease!!"
    • "Meatwad get da money, see..."
    • Can't forget Spirit Journey Formation Anniversary - a prog-metal "alternative" to "Happy Birthday To You," performed by Zakk Wylde and a Geddy Lee sound-alike.
    • The ending theme to Patrol Squad definitely qualifies. Listen to that badass guitar!
    • It's time for Aqua TV Show Show. Aqua TV Show Show. Aqua TV Show Show... (Coincidentally the first time the characters actually sing along with the theme).
    • Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever, going out on a high note. The characters even sing the entirety of the song!
  • Designated Monkey: Master Shake is both a Designated Monkey and a Karma Houdini. When Shake is actively being a jerk and hurting people, he tends to get away with it. But his biggest Humiliation Congas come from his well-intentioned (for him, anyway) stupidity and/or him being an unrelated victim.
    • This is especially demonstrated in the last season where Shake is largely Out of Focus but will still be brutally hurt before the episode ends.
  • Ear Worm
    • "I Like Your Booty (But I'm Not Gay)," from the movie.
    • An in-universe example could be MC Pee Pants' "I Need Candy". Even Carl wound up liking it. This was, of course, the plan.
    • Cuz we are the Aqua Teens! Make the homies say HO and the girlies wanna scream!
    • "Party Party Party," of course!!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • The Mooninites, easily the most remembered and quoted villains.
    • The Plutonians, to a much lesser extent.
    • The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future!
    • Jiggle Billy, to the point where his face has reached Memetic Mutation status.
    • Handbanana.
  • Faux Symbolism:
    Meatwad: I'm gonna name you Jesus...Ezekiel...Jesus. And that's from the Bible.
    • And again when everyone sees Jesus Gee whiz on the gun shop billboard. But it turned out to just be Ted Nugent.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The Boston Bomb Scare in 2007: laugh out loud funny; in 2013, when bombs actually did go off during the Boston marathon, now the 2007 incident is cringe-inducing.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Right when it was announced there were no plans to end the series, it's announced months later it's next season is the last season.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "The Cloning", Master Shake says that Jesus Christ & Santa Claus are the same person, and Meatwad says he doesn't know Santa Christ. Guess who followed up on that idea years later?
  • Ho Yay: Shake, to Frylock.
    "Why don't you help me SUCK IT? (beat) ...Wait a minute, that backfired."
  • Jerkass Woobie: Sure, Carl's rude, obnoxious, and hygienically-challenged, but the sheer amount of shit his neighbors have put him through kinda makes one feel sorry for him.
  • Love It or Hate It: It's one of those shows. It's either hilarious and gloriously insane or the Ur-Example of nonsensical crude humor.
  • Memetic Molester: Handbanana.
    • Tonight... YOU...
    • Kinda inevitable, though. He's a rapist in-universe.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Nightmare Fuel: Now has its own page.
  • Older Than They Think: Shake's idea on how to remake "The Granite Family" actually has some backing to it. It's a common theory that The Flintstones actually takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, so Shake may have been using that logic. Of course, since this is Master Shake we're talking about, it's probably just Insane Troll Logic with a side of Did Not Think This Through.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: The Movie will always be more remembered for its Viral Marketing campaign that caused the Boston Bomb Scare.
  • Rewatch Bonus: All the numerous hints at Frylock being a lesbian trapped in a man's body as a box of fries become a lot more noticeable once you've seen The Movie.
  • Seasonal Rot: Episodes from season 4 and beyond for the most part haven't been well-received by fans.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The "Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1" intro sequence sounds like Judas Priest's "Breaking the Law".
  • Tearjerker: "Aqua Teen Dream", a small tribute to the series written for the finale, and performed by Patti Smith.
    • In the finale itself, we have the deaths of Master Shake and Frylock
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • A forgivable example, but the bees in "Sweet C" are worker bees, and therefore, should've all been female. There go chances of seeing Carl being a Harem Seeker.
    • Another somewhat forgivable example is the Grand Finale. While good, the only characters to appear are the Aqua Teens, Carl, Carl's friend Dominic, and Meatwad's family. Who else wanted to see characters who were Put on a Bus (such as the Mooninites, the Plutonians, the Cybernetic Ghost, and Dr. Weird) come Back for the Finale? Then again, "Greatest Story" has a lot of those characters (namely, the Mooninites, Plutonians, Markula, Rabbot, Handbanana, Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past, Mothmonsterman, Zucotti Manicotti, and Romulux) as Shake's 'acolytes'.
  • Ugly Cute: Meatwad.
  • Uncanny Valley: Ever wonder what a cup, box of fries, and meatball would look like in Real Life if they each had human faces? The official poster for the film clears this up.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: The Greatest Story Ever Told as its name implies is filled with religious parodies. It was released on Adult Swim's website 3 days after the show's supposed cancellation, mirroring the death and resurrection of Jesus.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?.
  • The Woobie: Meatwad and Frylock (most of the time).
    • Mooninites try to invoke this in 'Moonajuana'. Doesn't work on Frylock, though.